So maybe you have considered a job as a Polygraph Examiner and wondered how can I get qualified and if the job is for me.
The only route is to train in America on a 10-12 week course at a American Polygraph Association recognised school and pass all of the exams which are usually weekly. Its a very tough course and intensive and has a high failure rate due to the workload and learning involved. Once you have completed the course and passed its advisable to then be mentored by an experienced Examiner who can help and guide. You would then apply for membership to the American Polygraph Association and then the British Polygraph Association. The APA have a careers page here with jobs for Qualified Examiners.
Seventy percent of Polygraph Jobs is infidelity based whilst the remainder is made up of mixed issues such as theft and allegations, whilst no two days are the same when you are working the job is very draining and only suits a certain type of person, we are often dealing with upset clients who are very emotional. How would you feel failing someone knowing their marriage is on the line and then dealing with the fallout. Since I have been an Examiner quite a few have started and are no longer trading.
There is also the costs to consider, as well as a considerable amount of time spent learning the trade there is the cost of the training, the cost of the equipment, the cost to setup a website etc. I would estimate you would need £25k. You then need to consider the market in the UK is already saturated with Private Examiners all advertising for the same work, the costs for using Google Adwords can run into thousands a month just to get work. There is also a large amount of Government Examiners in the UK who at some point will potentially either retire and enter Private Practice or setup themselves. The work can also be very sporadic, there can be weeks when there is no work, can you pay the bills?
Whilst you might feel I have been negative about Polygraph Jobs I must say that sometimes it is super rewarding, when you can help get someones life back by proving accusations made were incorrect, when you can give someone the proof they need that they have been faithful to a partner.
Jason Hubble APA, BPA, NPA the author has been a Qualified Examiner for over five years and owns Lie Detectors UK, read more about the company here.Read More
Cooper BMW – WARNING
Took my company car to Cooper BMW in Tunbridge Wells recently for a Winter Service. I was given a invoice that said online video, many chases and a month later I found out there was no video as no work was done, which I did suspect as the oil and screen wash levels didn’t change. Being a Polygraph Examiner I do hate it being lied to.
Then there is the issue with pricing, if you have a BMW that’s over 4 years old the servicing costs are half what an owner of a newer car would pay, clear cut discrimination to which Cooper BMW claim the pricing structure comes from BMW UK. I emailed BMW UK who replied the pricing structure is set by each retailer, yet another lie. Why should I pay more to service the same car than the owner of an older car pays? Cooper BMW have said if im not happy use another garage !
Such a shame as the service adviser Steve at Cooper BMW that I spoke to is very good at his job and his customer service skills are great, he is obviously let down by the business. My car is due back in March so lets see if Cooper BMW improve.Read More
Premier Polygraph Services
When selecting an examiner to work with the most important issue is are they qualified and experienced. How can you tell easily as the website looks good?
Fortunately, our industry has the American Polygraph Association with over 2800 polygraph examiners worldwide, the includes Government and Police Examiners. They are extremely important as they regulate the industry.
Recently we have experienced some new comers to the industry here in the UK, like Premier Polygraph Services who are not members of the APA. Why does this matter to a consumer, read more below and find out why?
The American Polygraph Association (APA) is the leading professional polygraph organization in the world, representing more than 2,800 experienced polygraph examiners in private business, law enforcement and government. Professional APA polygraph examiners administer hundreds of thousands of polygraph exams each year worldwide. The APA establishes standards of ethical practices, techniques, instrumentation and research, as well as provides advanced training and continuing education programs.
APA examiners are highly qualified professionals who are motivated to help protect the public by verifying the truth, while following the highest standards of moral, ethical, and professional conduct. APA examiners pledge to follow all the rules and regulations for polygraph methodologies that are accepted and used in the field today. The APA governs the conduct of its members by requiring adherence to a Code of Ethics and a set of Standards and Principles of Practice.
In order to become an APA member, examiners must adhere to strict guidelines and educational requirements that include hundreds of hours of coursework at an APA approved school, as well as an internship. As in many respected professions, APA members must acquire annual continuing education and training in order to maintain membership. Each APA accredited school is inspected regularly and rigorously to ensure that the curriculum’s attain the highest standards by teaching the most current, fundamental polygraph techniques. Through strict adherence to training and education standards, APA examiners are able to attain accuracy rates exceeding 90 percent.
The Association is governed by a board of 11 officers who are elected by the members. Through this board, the APA represents industry segments that include government, law enforcement, private practice, education and the public at large.
In the UK we also have the British Polygraph Association who closely follow the Code of Ethics and Standards and Principals of Practice set by the APA, a list of qualified examiners can be found here.
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Men who abuse partners could face lie detector
The Times Newspaper has today run a very interesting story that Government Ministers are seeking legal powers to run trials of polygraph testing on domestic abuse offenders which is superb news. We have long campaigned for this given the effectiveness of the polygraph and its use as a deterrent, in the private arena we often run tests for victims who wish to prove to families and friends they have been victims of abuse, we have also run tests on clients who have been wrongly accused and whom wish to prove their innocence. Lie Detectors UK completely support and welcome this approach and are ready to assist the Government when required in this work.
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Men who are convicted of the most serious types of domestic violence and abuse face being forced to take repeated lie-detector tests in a change intended to give victims better protection.
Ministers are seeking legal powers to try out the effectiveness of polygraph testing on the highest-risk domestic abusers to see whether it reduces repeat offending or makes it more likely that they stay away from victims.
Polygraph testing was introduced for the most serious sex offenders in 2014 and has been hailed a success, with 160 offenders sent back to prison after concerns about their behaviour were highlighted by their answers.Read More
Essex Lie Detector Test
Last week we received an enquiry for a lie detector test in Essex for theft. A client had a large amount of money stolen from her house. There were no signs of a break in and the money had been left in a cupboard overnight where it had been taken from. There were only two suspects in the house who were both blaming each other. Obviously this was making life in the property difficult for all especially for the client who had the money taken. The client needed to find the truth to restore harmony in the home in Essex.
We usually advise for theft cases to tell everyone your intentions to have them tested on the lie detector. Over twenty-five percent of our theft cases are cancelled last minute when someone refuses to take a test or does not show. In this case the client had decided not to tell the two suspects as they knew both would take a lie detector test and wanted it a secret. This test was booked for an evening so no one had to take time off work; it was also a home test in Essex as the client had a distraction free environment for us to test in.
On arrival at the house, one suspect was very nervous and explained he was not happy at all, whilst the other was happy to be given the chance to clear her name. We read nothing in this as anyone taking a lie detector test in Essex would be very nervous and anxious and this is not a sign of guilt nor will it affect the results of the test. We are there to prove a person’s innocence not guilt.
During the pre-test interview both suspects denied any involvement with the theft/taking of the money, they both gave me good reasons why the other person may have taken the money. As we expected there were no admissions at all. We discussed the questions in the pre-test, we stick to three questions on a single issue, the theft. Example questions below:
R1 Did you take the money from the cupboard in this house in January 2019?
R2 Did you have any involvement with the theft of the money from the cupboard in this house in January 2019?
R3 Do you know for sure where any of the missing money in January 2019 from the cupboard in this house now is?
After explaining everything to the suspects we move on to the testing stage where multiple lie detector tests are run on each suspect, we take an average of the results on each chart to give an overall result. As expected one suspect passed and one failed. We carried out a posttest interview to see if the suspect had anything to say or could give any reasons why he failed the lie detector test, nothing was forthcoming.
Using the polygraph for theft cases is great work, if we are lucky enough to test the person who has committed the crime then we will catch them as we did in the Essex lie detector test case.
Call us today and discuss your case with a fully qualified and experienced examiner who is a member of the American and British Polygraph Association.
Polygraph stands for many writings; it was invented in 1921 by John Larson at the University of California, it was further developed and refined by Leonard Keeler in the 1930s. In America the name Polygraph is widely known and accepted as many would have been tested as the Polygraph is used by many Government organisations like the FBI, CIA, and many Police Forces. In the United Kingdom we call the Polygraph a Lie Detector, they are both exactly the same thing. Both the UK Police and the Probation Service are users of Polygraph testing in the UK testing sex offenders on probation and terror suspects.
It measures psychological responses from the body where reactions to questions are evaluated to ascertain if a subject is lying. Sensors are placed on the hand for sweat gland activity and for blood flow. A blood pressure cuff is used on the arm to measure blood pressure and sensors are placed on the body to measure upper body movement. The subject also sits on a movement sensor.
A Polygraph used to be an analog instrument that drew the signals from the body on a paper roller, now all examiners use computerized polygraphs that are far more accurate. The American Polygraph Association regulates the polygraph industry and is a sign to any potential client that the examiner has been professionally trained and will be using the latest equipment and techniques to achieve the greatest accuracy on a polygraph test. The APA was created in 1966 and has over 2700 members worldwide and promoted the highest standards of professional practice for its members. In the UK we have the British Polygraph Association known as the BPA.
Contact Lie Detectors UK today to discuss your case with a fully qualified APA and BPA polygraph examiner and see if we can help you. Our costs are transparent and start at £399 at out head office in Kent. Call on 0207 859 4960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If we didn’t already know it the Asylum process is rife with false claims and corruption and needs a complete overhaul to protect the people who genuinely need asylum. The former director general of immigration and deputy chief of the Border Agency Mr Wood is best placed to pass option on this and he has called for the use of the Lie Detector in asylum cases. More on the story on the BBC website here.
Its refreshing to see he understands how the lie detector works as he states “It would not be about proving that the applicant is lying, but about being reasonably confident that they are telling the truth,” This is exactly how we run any test today, we deal in truth verification.
This week I see on social media copies of what an immigrant coming to the UK can expect to receive from the Government, I am sure we all agree this can only increase the popularity of coming to the UK which has for a long time been seen as the premier place to settle. However having mandatory Lie Detector Tests would help to stop the false fraudulent applications and stop some from even coming we would like to hope, its a step forward in the right direction.
The UK Police, Home Office and Probation Services already use Lie Detectors and have more APA Examiners than are private Examiners in the UK. Lie Detectors UK Examiners are trained to the same standards and hold the same certifications, we are seeing more clients now ask to see copies of certifications which is a good thing.
Call us on 0207 859 4960 or email on email@example.com and discuss your case with a American Polygraph Association and British Polygraph Association qualified Examiner today and find out if a lie detector test would help your situation. We have our own offices and cover the complete UK and prices are fixed and transparent and a lie detector test is £399 at our head office.Read More
How Can I Get a Free Polygraph Test?
Whilst it is rare to get a free polygraph test there are some options that we discuss below.
We have run free polygraph tests where it is of mutual benefit to the company, a good example was a recent documentary where we assisted by running free polygraph tests for the producer, if the documentary is picked up by the television networks then its good publicity for us and the polygraph.
Other ways to get a free polygraph test would involve buying the polygraph equipment yourself and being trained to use it, as this would cost in excess of £15k it is probably not an option. Please do not buy anything advertised on eBay or Amazon as they do not work and are purely made for fun only. There are also a couple of websites that report to run online polygraph tests, I have no idea how this would be possible and again would have no accuracy at all, I also suspect some form of payment would need to be made to receive any results.
Another way to get a free polygraph test would be through the Police or Probation Service who have a Polygraph Program for testing sex offenders on probation and terror suspects. We understand they are very busy with this program, it has been extremely successful and has put many back behind bars. We reported a couple of weeks ago Norfolk Police Constabulary are now advertising for three qualified Polygraph Examiners.
As you may have guessed, there is not such a thing as a free polygraph test I am afraid. We totally appreciate the costs are expensive to take a polygraph test; we charge £399 all-inclusive at our head offices. We do offer the option to make a payment plan to make payments when you can and then take a test, this will allow you to spread the cost. We also take payment on card.
Get in touch today and talk to a qualified and experienced examiner and discuss your case with us on 0207 859 7960 or firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More
If you live in Leeds and need a lie detector test / polygraph test then we can help! Lie Detectors UK cover the complete UK and can either come to you, or we can hire an office close to you in Leeds.
We are one of the only companies to have our own offices. We have previously run lie detector tests in Leeds in Holbeck, Morley, Headingley, Belle Isle, Burley and Harhills. Whilst infidelity and proof of innocence polygraph tests are the number one subject we also have run theft and sexual abuse tests in Leeds. We use an office in Leeds Princes Exchange when required; the office is next to the Leeds financial district facing the River Aire. The office is close to public transport links and within walking distance of the Leeds mainline railway station, so easy to get to from any other location in Yorkshire.
We are fully qualified and examiners are not only members of the American Polygraph Association but also the British Polygraph Association, this shows we are not only qualified by experienced to run lie detector tests, please ensure if you book with someone else you make sure they are a member. Call us today on 0207 859 4960 or email on email@example.com and discuss your case with an examiner and find out if we can help. Our prices are fixed and transparent with no extra charges.
Polygraph tests in Leeds can be arranged at a time to suit you, we work evenings and weekends as well so you do not need to take time off work. I look forward to speaking to you and helping you get the truth you deserve. We do have a female examiner should the subject be sensitive who can also run lie detector tests in Leeds.
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Case Study – Lie Detector Test in Birmingham for Theft
This is a summary of a recent case, for a client based in Birmingham who owned a cleaning company who used the lie detector to maintain their good reputation.
Our client is a successful cleaning company who employ six full time members of staff and whose main work is office cleaning. The majority of their work has come from reputation and word of mouth rather than advertising. The owner contacted Lie Detectors UK following the theft of petty cash from an office they are contracted to clean daily. The amount of cash was £300 and had been taken from a open cash box in a drawer, the theft had been reported to the Police but due to its nature, no investigation would be taking place. Whilst no finger had been pointed at our clients company he thought it good procedure and due diligence to test his staff to maintain the company’s reputation as its normal for the cleaners to get the blame in his industry.
Lie Detector Testing on the day
There was only two staff to test given they clean these offices, they were both happy to submit to a lie detector test in Birmingham and prove their innocence however were notably very nervous and anxious, this is a totally normal for anyone we would test and has no impact on the results. We explain we are there to verify they are telling the truth. Once we had pretested each individual to ensure that they could be tested we proceeded to run multiple charts comprising of three relevant questions for the situation, ensuring the questions were specific to the incident to avoid any false positive results and to keep our results as accurate as possible.
Conclusion of the Birmingham Lie Detector Tests for theft
Both cleaners passed their tests, results were delivered verbally and with a full report to the business owner. He was able to take our reports to his client to clear his employees from any suspicion. In his words this was money well spent as any suspicion could cause damage to his businesses reputation and loose a significant amount of business. It also sends a message to employees who would ever be in a situation where they could potentially do something to harm the company they work for to think twice.
Our Advice when we take an enquiry on theft
We always recommend when looking to polygraph test staff for theft that you make them aware of the fact as twenty five percent of our theft bookings never materialize, so you may get your answer without needing us. You cannot force anyone to take a lie detector test; it has to be done voluntarily.
We work closely with the business owners to develop questions, advise on the procedure, and consult fully following the tests. Call us on 0207 859 4960 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org and discuss your case with a fully qualified and experienced examiner today.